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Making the Link – providing mobile media for novice communities in the developing world

Maunder, Andrew, Gary Marsden and Richard Harper (2011) Making the Link – providing mobile media for novice communities in the developing world. International Journal of Human-Computer Studies 69(10):647-657.

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Abstract

In this paper we investigate the media needs of low-income mobile users in a South African township. We develop and deploy a system that allows users to download media at no costs to themselves, in order to probe future media requirements for similar user groups. We discover that, not only are the community interested in developmental information, but are just as interested in sharing local music or videos. Furthermore, the community consume the media in ways that we did not expect which had direct impacts on their lives. Finally, we conclude with some reflections on the value of media and the most appropriate ways to deliver it in developing world communities.

EPrint Type:Journal (Paginated)
Subjects:H Information Systems: H.5 INFORMATION INTERFACES AND PRESENTATION
ID Code:707
Deposited By:Marsden, Gary
Deposited On:18 November 2011